Silicon Power P34A60 PCIe Gen3 SSD 512GB Review in English
Today we have the Silicon Power P34A60 PCIe Gen 3 SSD 512GB in review. As we discovered at the time of “dismantling” this unit, it comes with a controller and NAND memories quite known, although it uses different parts compared to the P34A80 that we have reviewed and recommended previously.
This SSD comes uses HMB (Host Memory Buffer) technology so it does not have its own cache. It is time to see what performance this product brings to the table.
Silicon Power sampled this unit for review.
Silicon Power P34A60 PCIe Gen3 SSD 512GB – Specifications and the return of an old friend, the SM2263 XT
Yes gentlemen, the Silicon Power P34A60, unlike the P34A80, uses another controller to the Phison E12 and is the old known, Silicon Motion SM2263 XT. This means, that the memory does not have its own memory (cache) and depends on a tiny portion of RAM for certain functions that increase the performance of the unit (also known a HMB).
Are SSD using HMB bad?
No, it is simply a solution that Silicon Motion among others, opted to reduce costs without sacrificing much performance and still have a good performance for the price.
What NAND do they use?
The NAND Flash memories they use are one of the advances Intel/Micron made (during their marriage) and are the 64-layer 3D NAND TLC (29F01T2ANCTH2). In the 512GB presentation, it comes with 4 NAND chips, each 128GB and the back of the PCB does not contain any circuit (only the PCB tracks).
At this time (at the time of writing) the 512GB P34A60 is priced at 56.99 USD (Amazon) and the unit comes with a 5-year warranty. The MBTF (average time before failure) is 2 million hours.
Specification Chart – Silicon Power P34A60 PCIe Gen3 SSD 512GB
Silicon Power P34A60 PCIe Gen3 SSD 512GB
|Interface||PCI-Express 3.0x4, NVMe 1.3|
|Form Factor||M.2 2280|
|Warranty||5 years limited, TBW (N/A)|
|NAND||Intel/Micron 3D TLC (64 layers)|
|Sequential Read Speed||Up to 2200 MB/sec|
|Sequential Write Speed||Up to 1600 MB/sec|
|Dimensions||22 x 80 x 3.5 mm|
|Mean Time Before Failure (MBTF)||2 million hours|
|Operative Temperature||0°C a 70°C|
|Price||Amazon (USA): 56.99 USD|
Unboxing and Disarming – Silicon Power P34A60 PCIe Gen3 SSD 512GB
Unlike what most people think, storage benchmarks are mostly synthetic and do not reflect real-life performance, as the type of use given by each final user varies.
There is no “single test” that can replicate a real use, but they exist to give a reference of the possible performance of the product in testing in different scenarios.
PCMark 8 (Storage Benchmark) is the “most accurate” test of all in which we will base the actual performance of a storage device for the daily use of a normal consumer, although it does not simulate all the types that a user may have.
For the average gamer public this test is the one that resembles a daily use.
We have added/updated some benchmarks for our SSD suite, such as the loading time of the FFXIV Demo, PCMark Vantage HDD Suite and upgraded to the new version of CDM 7.
Here is the list of benchmarks we will use:
-ATTO Disk Benchmark
-AS SSD Benchmark
-Anvil Storage Utilities
-FFXIV Demo – Tiempo de carga
-PCMark Vantage HDD Storage Suite
-PCMark 8 (Storage Benchmark)
Before passing to the tests, here is our test bench…
CPU: Intel i7 8700K @ 4.7 GHz
Motherboard: AORUS Z390 Ultra (F8 BIOS)
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3200 MHz CL14 2x8GB
OS: Windows 10 Home Version 1909 (November’s Update) + Spectre/Meltdown patches + others
SSD: 120GB (OS)
Storage under review: Silicon Power P34A60 512GB NVMe SSD
CrystalDiskMark has received an update (version 7.0). Like all new versions of CDM, making comparisons with previous versions is invalid in most cases. With CDM7, in addition to the standardized test, they have added new test profiles.
Among them are the following:
-Maximum performance (Peak)
– “Real Life Performance.”
Real Profile (+Read 70%/Write 30%)
ATTO Disk Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark
Anvil Storage Utilities
FFXIV Demo – Loading Time
PCMark Vantage HDD Storage Suite
PCMark8 is the most faithful test of what an average user can do in real life. If you ask, why don’t we use PCMark10, it is because it does not have an updated test for its popular benchmark for storage within their test suite.
The benchmark offers different scores, as well as, the time in loading and completing a task in different applications, games, productivity programs (Adobe) and office programs such as the “Office Suite”.
It also offers a final score (Storage 2.0 Score) but the most important factor, is the average speed (bandwidth) you had during the test session; since this test lasts more than an hour.
Intel processors have received a penalty due to the Spectre and Meltdown patches and the performance (or score) on PCMark 8 has been affected; so we restarted our database from scratch.
PCMark 8 Storage 2.0 Bandwidth
We use the heatsink that comes with the Z390 AORUS ULTRA board and it is something we normally do when we try NVMe SSDs without this feature. We stressed with torture test on this device, but the controller never exceeded 54 degrees Celsius (this is good).
Final Analysis – Silicon Power P34A60 PCIe Gen3 SSD 512GB
We see nothing wrong with the Silicon Power P34A60 PCIe Gen 3 SSD 512GB storage. By itself, it is a good product and works within our expectations. It is good that simply with the M.2 heatsink that comes with our test bench motherboard, it is enough to keep this model with temperatures under control.
One thing we also like is that Silicon Power offers 5 years (although they do not have TBW information for their drives) for an entry-level/medium range NVMe SSD product.
The only bad thing that makes it a little difficult to recommend the product is its price. Strangely, its big sister, the P34A80 (512GB) is costing 6 dollars more than the P34A60 and with that minimal price difference, we recommend the P34A80 (unless it goes up in price).
We do not know for sure if the P34A60 does not have an adequate price, OR if the P34A80 is currently quite aggressively priced (I think the latter is the case).
Apart from that, there is no problem with the product and it passes all the tests we have tested during the review. If the difference is not much, check out the P34A80 that has gained our recognition in the past and is still one of the high-end NVMe SSD storage that comes to mind when you ask for suggestions. Let’s take a look at the P34A60 PROs and CONs.
-Good performance considering that it is a solution without its own internal cache and uses HMB technology to yield the results we have seen today.
-5 years warranty; a little more than we expect for this unit.
-Low temperatures and a motherboard/additional heatsink is enough to keep you out of trouble.
-Silicon Power’s P34A80 takes a lot of shine off the P34A60 at its current price (62.99 USD at Amazon). Either the A80 is heavily discounted (which is what it looks like) or the P34A60 is highly priced.
The Silicon Power P34A60 512GB solid-state drive wins our golden prize and also our recommendation, as long as the P34A80 is not on sale (a price close to the P34A60 itself) as it also offers a fairly extensive warranty and decent performance for gaming.
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